Decor and Architecture in the 17th & 18th centuries (Lausanne, 24-25 November 2016)

Decor and Architecture in the 17th & 18th centuries
University of Lausanne, November 24 – 25, 2016
During the Early Modern Period, décor was considered to be one of the most fundamental elements of architecture. Thanks to décor,
architecture could elevate itself beyond simple masonry and claim a superior status. Décor was thus defined as a necessary prerequisite for
architecture, rather than a marginal component. However, despite its privileged status, many authors mistrusted it, fearing the harmful
effect which an uncontrollable proliferation of ornament would surely have on architecture. This conference aims to question how the
relations between décor and architecture were defined and implemented in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Our perception of these relations has often been informed by teleological approaches: indeed, the radical ideas conveyed by certain
20th-century texts, which define décor as an unnecessary bi-product of architecture, have acted as a distorting prism. History of art, for its
part, has often separated décor-related studies from architecture-related ones, suggesting a de facto rupture between these
fields and potentially biasing our understanding of the artistic production of the Early Modern Period by reducing its scope. As various
case studies have shown, the conditions to which the invention of a décor was subjected varied greatly from one building to another. The
architects’ prerogatives differed according to the circumstances and constraints imposed on them: while some were largely involved in the
invention of the décor, others delegated its conception to artists or workmen.
Scientific organisers:
Matthieu LETT (université de Lausanne, université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense)
Carl MAGNUSSON (The Courtauld Institute of Art, université de Lausanne)
Léonie MARQUAILLE (Université de Lausanne)
Scientific committee:
Marianne COJANNOT-LE BLANC (université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense)
Alexandre GADY (université Paris-Sorbonne)
Dave LÜTHI (université de Lausanne)
Christian MICHEL (université de Lausanne)
Werner OECHSLIN (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
Antoine PICON (Harvard University)
Katie SCOTT (The Courtauld Institute of Art)
Program :
Thursday 24th Novembre 2016
9h30 : Accueil des participants
9h45-10h15 : Matthieu LETT, Carl MAGNUSSON, Léonie MARQUAILLE
1. Les artistes au service de l’architecte ? (Président : Christian Michel, Université de Lausanne)
10h15-11h : Sébastien BONTEMPS (Bibliothèque nationale de France)
––– Invention, fonction(s) et exécution du décor architectural: Paul-Ambroise Slodtz et l’embellissement du chœur de l’église Saint-Merry à Paris.
11h : Pause
11h30-12h15 : Hermann DEN OTTER (University of Amsterdam)
––– Changes in the role of the joiner in 18th century Paris
12h15-13h : Sandra BAZIN-HENRY (Université Paris IV Sorbonne)
––– Le langage architectural des glaces. La part de l’architecte et du miroitier dans l’invention des décors.
2. Le rôle de l’architecte (Président : Alexandre Gady, Université Paris IV Sorbonne)
14h30-15h15 : Léonie MARQUAILLE (Université de Lausanne)
––– Jacob van Campen, architecte et peintre de la Salle d’Orange à la Huis ten Bosch.
15h15-16h : Alexia LEBEURRE (Université Bordeaux Montaigne)
––– « Tout est de son ressort » : l’architecte et la décoration intérieure dans la seconde moitié du XVIIIe siècle.
16h : Pause
16h30-17h15 : Matthieu LETT (Université de Lausanne)
––– La question de la répartition de l’invention sur le chantier du nouveau palais royal de Madrid (1735-1790).
17h15-18h : Adrian Fernandez ALMOGUERA (Université Paris IV Sorbonne)
––– De Versailles à Pompéi. Continuités, transformations et hybridations dans le décor architectural espagnol à la fin du XVIIIe
Friday 25th November 2016
1. La question de la décoration intérieure (Président : Carl Magnusson, The Courtauld Institute, Université de Lausanne)
9h30-10h15 : Hendrik ZIEGLER (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne)
–––La place de la décoration intérieure française dans les récits de voyage d’architectes allemands 1685-1723.
10h15-11h : Jason NGUYEN (Harvard University)
––– Smoke and Mirrors: Architectural Decoration and the Physics of Fire, circa 1700.
11h : Pause
11h30-12h15 : Thomas WILKE
–––Jacques-François Blondel and the rules of interior decoration.
12h15-13h : Paolo CORNAGLIA (Politecnico di Torino)
––– Leonardo Marini, Giuseppe Battista Piacenza and Carlo Randoni: Neoclassical Interior Decoration at the Turin Court (1775-1793).
2. Les programmes d’embellissement : une nécessaire adaptation du décor à l’architecture ? (Présidente : Marie Theres Stauffer, Université de
14h30-15h15 : Emmanuelle BORDURE (Université Paris IV Sorbonne)
––– Architecture religieuse et décor sculpté dans le dernier quart du XVIIIe siècle : étude comparative de quatre cas d’églises paroissiales
en Ile-de-France.
15h15-16h : Léonore LOSSERAND et Alexandra MICHAUD (Université Paris IV Sorbonne)
––– Les embellissements du chœur de Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois : entre architecture et sculpture, 1755-1762.
16h : Pause
16h30-17h15 : Tomas MACSOTAY (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
––– The rise and fall of the décor economy in ecclesiastical interiors in Murcia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands.
17h15-17h45 : Christian MICHEL (Université de Lausanne)
––– Conclusion.
Université de Lausanne, Quartier Centre,
Bâtiment Unithèque (Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire), salle 511
The conference is open to all, within the limit of the number of places

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